(FreedomJournal.com)- John Matze, the former CEO of Parler who was recently ousted by the board, recently admitted during an interview on HBO that he stood in the way of the platform working with former President Donald Trump.
The shocking revelation stunned conservative supporters of the platform, many of whom were banned from other social media website for their support of the former president.
Speaking to “Axios on HBO,” Matze said that he “didn’t like the idea of working with Trump” because he believed he “might have bullied people inside the company to do what he wanted.
The interview was aired on Sunday and revealed more of the details behind the operation to establish an independent social media platform that promotes freedom of speech.
Matze hit the news recently when he announced his termination from the board, which sparked a response from Parler co-owner Dan Bongino who said that Matze’s story wasn’t accurate.
A recent report from BuzzFeed News claimed that Parler offered former President Donald Trump, and his business, the Trump Organization, a 40% stake in the social media platform in exchange for making the app his go-to social media platform. Under the terms of the deal, which BuzzFeed claimed were discussed in Summer 2020 as well as after the 2020 presidential election, Trump would have been required to post on the app four hours before posting the same content on other platforms.
But according to Matze, the negotiations didn’t go very far during the summer.
Parler remains offline after Amazon withdrew access to its Amazon Web Services servers, meaning the platform doesn’t have anywhere to host its data. The politically motivated move came after Google and Apple chose to remove the app from their app stores, denying mobile users the opportunity to download and install the free speech Twitter competitor.
Fox published the contents of a memo sent by Matze to Parler employees.
“On January 29, 2021, the Parler board controlled by Rebekah Mercer decided to immediately terminate my position as CEO of Parler,” he said. “I did not participate in this decision.”
During his recent interview, Matze also revealed that he was “worried” that if they didn’t sign the deal President Trump, then he “might have been vengeful and told his followers to leave Parler.”
That might be exactly the kind of attitude that got Matze terminated in the first place, but we’re just speculating…